A majority of the African School of Economics’ graduates, precisely those of the Institute of Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), have become top executives in the world. They have unlimited access to the labor market. Gabriel Lawin is one of them.
Upon graduating from IERPE with a Master’s degree in Public Economy and Applied Statistics (MEPSA in French), Gabriel Lawin started his career, working with the World Bank, at the Niger office. In Niger, he was the Project Coordinator on a school subsidy impact evaluation, a position that he held from 2008 to 2009. The year thereafter, he was put in charge of Surveys and Statistics at the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s Forecast and Economic climate Directorate in Benin. Then in 2011, the international NGO Innovations for Poverty Action made him Project Coordinator in Bamako, Mali. Gabriel Lawin held the same position in Tamale, Ghana. The World Bank hired this IERPE/ASE alumnus again in 2012, as a Consultant for an early childhood development project. Gabriel was also a consultant in 2013 for Oxfam GB in Mali. Then in 2015, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) based in Brighton, England, made Gabriel, a Project Coordinator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Again, the World Bank called upon Gabriel Lawin as a Consultant, Senior Economist, in order to produce a general report on employment diagnosis in Côte d’Ivoire. Now, Mr. Lawin is a home based Consultant with assignments in Monrovia (Liberia) for the World Bank. Additionally, he works as an associated researcher on the impact evaluation of financial services and deployment of agricultural innovations project in Burkina Faso. The project is implemented by Developpement International Desjardins (DID), in partnership with the Reseau des Caisses Populaires du Burkina (RCPB), the Burkina-Faso Environment and Agricultural Research Institute (INERA in French) and Laval University, with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.
Gabriel Lawin is currently preparing his thesis in agro-economy at Laval University in Canada. He is also the Co-founder and Finance Manager of the African Institute of Integrated Development (IADI-Africa), a limited liability company, specializing in consultative support in the fields of agronomy, education, economy and finance. He is working in Canada.
What does Gabriel Lawin have to say about his experience with the IERPE?
The training is excellent. The training program was at the leading edge of knowledge in the field. This enabled us enter the labour market with a good mastery of the latest scientific tools and methods. We studied statistical methods that were not yet taught in African statistics schools. I owe my first job with the World Bank, in Niger, in 2008 to this fact. The teacher-student relationship was convivial. We benefitted from Professor Leonard Wantchekon’s advice. I also appreciated the ASE’s efforts to facilitate its students’ entry into the professional world, which is not common in Africa.